In the co-main event of UFC 270, we saw the third installment of a rivalry in the flyweight division. Former flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo (20-2-1) was looking to regain his title as he took on the current undisputed flyweight champion Brandon Moreno (19-5-2).
These two men first fought in December of 2020 and virtually no one was giving Moreno a chance. However, Moreno showed the world that he could compete with Figueiredo. The two men fought to a draw that night.
In the rematch, Moreno completely dominated and won the UFC flyweight title. Since then, Figueiredo has completely changed up his training. He has moved his camp to Arizona where he trains with former two-division champion Henry Cejudo. In fact, Cejudo was in his corner tonight.
UFC 270 Recap
The UFC 270 flyweight title fight kicked off with a touch of the gloves. Figueiredo takes the center of the cage and begins to work his feints. Big low kick from Figueiredo lands. Low kick attempt from Figueiredo and he slips. Moreno jumps on him and pushes him against the fence.
Heavy clinch pressure from Moreno here. Figueiredo reverses the position and pushes Moreno against the fence. Stalemate here against the fence and they break. Figueiredo works his way in with two jabs and he briefly drops Moreno with a leg kick.
Moreno pops right back up. Nice right hand lands for the champion. Another brutal low kick lands for Figueiredo that sits Moreno down but Moreno lands a nice counter right on the way up. Figueiredo backs up and Moreno takes the center.
Moreno tries to throw a combination but he lands right in a body lock from Figueiredo. Figueiredo briefly takes Moreno down but a scramble and they are right back up. Another low kick lands from Figueiredo.
Spinning attack from Moreno and Moreno lands another low kick. Body kick from Figueiredo. Big jab from Figueiredo backs up Moreno and he lands a body kick behind it. Good first round for the former champion and it’s 1-0 Figueiredo at UFC 270.
Entering the second at UFC 270 and it’s clear that this is a much different fight than the second. Figueiredo takes the center and immediately starts pressuring. Moreno misses on a combination and Figueiredo misses on a takedown attempt. Nice left hook lands for Moreno.
Both men missing wildly here and they reset. Nice low kick from Figueiredo. 1-2 lands for Figueiredo and Moreno looks to counter. Low kick from Moreno find it’s home. Both men trade left hands then they scramble. That was fun and they end up on their feet.
Huge left hand lands for Moreno and Figueiredo waves him on. Hook to the body for Moreno lands. Low kick from Moreno and the champion is building momentum. Front kick from Figueiredo. Moreno lands a nice combination as Figueiredo comes in.
Power jab lands for Moreno. The champion is looking extremely confident here in the second round. Low kick from the champion. Figueiredo rips a body combination and the two men trade big shots. Two straight massive right hands for Figueiredo find the mark.
However, Moreno counters with a big shot of his own that seemed to hurt Figueiredo. Solid action here in the final minute. Second round comes to a close and I give the second to the UFC champion so I have it 1-1.
Entering the third at UFC 270 and I think Moreno definitely has more momentum here. Figueiredo takes the center to open the third round and he lands a big leg kick. Looping hook just misses from Moreno. Moreno tries to run into a knee but Figueiredo gets a body lock and gets a takedown.
Moreno scrambles to his feet but eats a knee to the body. Low kick lands from Figueiredo. Counter leg kick lands from Moreno. Figueiredo lands a left hook that sends Moreno spinning. Moreno rolls and he seems okay. Moreno lands a nice shot and Figueiredo smiles.
Figueiredo lands a low kick but eats a vicious jab from Moreno. Both men trade power shots in the center. Another big low kick from Figueiredo knocks Moreno down briefly. Big combination from Moreno and Figueiredo smiles.
Big calf kick again lands for Figueiredo. Low kick lands for Moreno and he lands a nice 1-2 behind it. Moreno trying to time Figueiredo’s leg kicks here. Nice jab from Figueiredo lands. Both men exchange big left hands in the center.
Another big exchange by both men. Huge right hand from Figueiredo and Moreno gets sit down in the final seconds. Big end to the round and it’s 2-1 Figueiredo at UFC 270 on my scorecard.
Entering the championship round at UFC 270 and this is anyone’s fight here. Figueiredo immediately starts pressuring to start the fourth. Big low kick from Figueiredo. Moreno circles and now he’s holding the center. Big jab lands for Figueiredo.
Moreno misses wildly and Figueiredo lands a front kick. Low kick from Moreno lands. Big smile from Figueiredo and he lands another good kick. Huge calf kick and a nice left hand lands for the challenger and Figueiredo has a lot of momentum here.
Moreno pushes forward but he’s not throwing with confidence here. Big body kick lands for Moreno. Halfway through the round and Figueiredo lands another low kick but Moreno lands a jab. 1-2 lands for Moreno. Figueiredo gets a body lock and gets the back of Moreno.
However, Moreno stays on his feet. Knees to the thigh for Figueiredo. Lots of fence pressure here from Figueiredo. Moreno gets separation and these two just start throwing in tight. Body kick lands for Moreno.
Body kick counter from Figueiredo. They clinch in the final seconds and that’s the round. Very close round but just for the hell of it, I’ll score it for the UFC champion.
Entering the final round at UFC 270 and I think it’s even. Both men look fresh and here we go. Moreno pushing hard here and the two men miss their first combination. Moreno gets a body lock and a takedown in the opening seconds of the round. Huge for Moreno.
Figueiredo forces a scramble and he gets right back to his feet. Jab from Figueiredo. Low kick from Figueiredo and a counter hook from Moreno. Nice hook to the body lands for Moreno. 90 seconds gone and a nice elbow lands from Figueiredo.
Left hook lands for Figueiredo. Counter left hook lands for Moreno. Halfway through the final round and the momentum is with the UFC champion. Both men trade jabs and Figueiredo misses badly on a power hook. Combination from the champion.
Huge right hand from Figueiredo sits Moreno down. Moreno pops right back up and they are back to striking. 1-2 lands for Figueiredo and Moreno lands a counter. One minute left in the final round. Low kick from Moreno.
Not a lot of action here in the final seconds. Lots of feints from both men. Low kick from Figueiredo. Huge right hands land for Figueiredo and Moreno seems hurt. Both men start trading in the center landing massive shots in the final seconds. The round comes to a close and I think Figueiredo edged the round, but I think the judges will give it to Brandon Moreno.
Deiveson Figueiredo def. Brandon Moreno by Unanimous Decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)